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Code a thon.

Posted 11-12-2010 at 11:10 AM by peonuser
Updated 11-16-2010 at 06:11 PM by peonuser

Started writing the routines (as I have spare time) for the choreography of the computer controlled light strings on the Xmas tree. Everything from Kitt (the tv car) to just random display of lights. I have about twenty ideas so far but have only coded five or six. If I could have about forty would be optimum. Since I am using the parallel port to control the strings, lots of simple binary is involved. Still have to do all the soldering for the set up.

The last set of temp sensors...
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Almost that time of year.

Posted 11-09-2010 at 07:00 PM by peonuser

Ordered more temp sensors. Might as well since they are free. The first set should be here tomorrow.

Reluctantly, set up a mswinxp machine as a home automation controller. Had to recompile some control code. The web side was pretty much plug and play.

An old ladder and some dead motherboards are about to make a maybe geeky xmas tree?

It's turkey chili night!
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Farmer in the Dell.

Posted 11-06-2010 at 08:16 PM by peonuser
Updated 11-06-2010 at 11:39 PM by peonuser

Thinking about setting up a server farm high availability commodity based cluster with old dell gx110's for the experience.

Ordered sample tempurature sensors for my cooking robot project.

Fixing to dunp ubuntu, if what I heard is true.

Cracked open a digital thermometer to see if I can interface it with the computer.
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I am blushing.

Posted 11-05-2010 at 03:57 PM by peonuser

Do not know whether I am helping or defeating the linux cause. But I am blushing from my alter ego name being mentioned again on the most recent Revision3/Tekzilla podcast.

Yea, the l293d's came in. Have to now follow God's hacker commandment of "Thall shalt solder".
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Cooking Robot?

Posted 11-04-2010 at 08:06 PM by peonuser

My cousin asked me if I could build a cooking robot. I passed on that idea. But after looking at sous vide it had me thinking about interfacing different tools such as a digital thermometer to the joystick analog port. With a slow cooker, digital thermometer, and a computer, I might be able to make a sous vide machine that is programmable for next to nothing.

Cleaning up the man cave.
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